Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Ecumenism done right

Metropolitan Hilarion, responsible for the external relations of the Russian Orthodox Church, pointed out the joint tasks of members of the Orthodox and Catholic Churches in a world characterized by materialism and consumerism at a meeting on Pentecost with the Executive President of the Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

“We must not wait for unity of the churches to take action,” stated Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev of Volokolamsk, who is Chairman of the Department of External Church Relations of the Patriarchate of Moscow. “The Eucharistic union will not come about within a few years.”

Today, however, there is already a “strategic alliance in fields of common interest,” said Hilarion at the meeting in Moscow.
Read the rest here.

HT: A blog reader.

1 comment:

ProPravoslavie said...

Take note as well that Met. Hilarion had been scheduled to give the "homily" at the June 11 ecumenical "Word and Water" service presided over by the Anglican Archbishop of Ireland at the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin. However, it did not push through, apparently because his presence was required at Patriarch Kiril's trip to Cyprus, which ended on the same day.